Black History Month
In 1985, Yvonne Rubie introduced a doll called Huggy Bean. This was the first Black character doll to be mass produced. Huggy Bean was created to show African American children positive images and that they are cute in the way they look.
The company was called Golden Ribbon Playthings. She created a limited edition fashion doll called Balia Elegance. Her hair was braided in West Africa with Senegal twists and beads. Her dress is made using Kente cloth.